IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 614: The Changing Fortunes of Seigneurial and Commercial Milling in Medieval England

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Adam Lucas, School of Humanities & Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong, New South Wales
Moderator/Chair:Steven A. Walton, Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University
Paper 614-aThe Structure of the Seigneurial Milling Industry in England, 1427-1437
(Language: English)
Matthew Tompkins, Department of History, University of Leicester
Matthew Tompkins, Department of History, University of Leicester
Index terms: Economics - General, Technology
Paper 614-bThe Emergence of a Commercial Sector in the English Milling Trade, 1086-1540
(Language: English)
Adam Lucas, School of Humanities & Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong, New South Wales
Adam Lucas, School of Humanities & Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong, New South Wales
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Economics - General, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Technology
Paper 614-cThe Windmill in England: A Feudal Enterprise rather than a Commercial Proposition?
(Language: English)
Richard Holt, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Richard Holt, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Index terms: Economics - General, Technology
Abstract

This session examines three related issues in the diversification of the English milling trade in the latter half of the Middle Ages: -a the extent to which pre-Conquest forms of ownership and land tenure contributed to the growth of non-seigneurial (or commercial) milling activities after the Conquest; -b whether the English postmill was primarily regarded by lords as an economically viable technology or a potential new source of surplus extraction; and -c the extent to which the Inquisitiones post Mortem can be relied upon as a source of information about the changing fortunes of seigneurial milling in the 15th century.